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It has been said that history repeats itself. George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If you live long enough and pay any attention to your surroundings, you notice that over time patterns emerge. Things start to look familiar. What’s passé can suddenly be en vogue again. We see it in the cyclical nature of the financial markets and on the world’s political stage. Even some of today’s fashions echo what was worn in the 1980s…

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Brocade announced it is a certified Mirantis Technology Partner. This partnership will provide cloud service providers with a new turnkey, OpenStack-based, on-demand data center solution. As a result, Mirantis and Brocade customers can now install and scale cloud service provider networks with OpenStack in days, not months. This partnership, and the resulting validated solution, offers enterprises and cloud service providers a new level of flexibility to deploy software-driven, automated, and scalable networks -- all features that will prepare service providers for the New IP…

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In today’s digital world, it is imperative for IT to deliver services that are guaranteed to provide the right level of quality and performance and to support business agility. To ensure IT hits the mark, BMC Software is introducing the TrueSight Capacity Optimization 10 solution to extend its current cloud capabilities to the OpenStack platform and to help align IT infrastructure needs with business priorities…

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IBM and Docker, Inc. announced a strategic partnership that enables enterprises to more efficiently, quickly and cost effectively build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem via the Docker open platform for distributed applications. Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud…

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Continuous Delivery strategy (see Glossary) takes its origin in start-up companies. The benefits of adopting Continuous Delivery principles are clear and plentiful. Continuous Delivery improvements in productivity are achieved through increased software deployment frequency and delivering new features to production in small increments, thus reducing the risks of production failures. The way Continuous Delivery is adopted in start-ups is organic and straightforward due to the greenfield nature of the development processes and the focus on a specific product or service. Enterprises, however, are a different story (see Figure 1). Enterprises, which often emerge as a result of numerous mergers and acquisitions, have decades-long lifespans, established cultures, policies and processes, and utilize diverse sets of software and hardware. There are concerns about how quickly enterprises can adopt new software development philosophies and strategies [Ref. 3]. Clearly, enterprises would get tangible benefits from adopting a Continuous Delivery strategy as start-up companies do. It is just that the path to adopting disciplines such as Continuous Delivery in enterprise organizations is likely to be different, transformational…

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EMC Corporation announced the findings of a new global data protection study that reveals that data loss and downtime cost enterprises $1.7 trillion in the last twelve months, or the equivalent of nearly 50% of Germany’s GDP. Data loss is up by 400% since 2012 while, surprisingly, 71% of organizations are still not fully confident in their ability to recover after a disruption…

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